WORK

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INSTABRACE

Design Research Project

In this project, the team worked on a topic about young women's mental wellbeing and how it's influenced by social media. During the research, they realized that what young women experienced on social media is a "feedback loop", where they consistently seek out content that makes them feel good but being exposed to more harmful content and finally stuck in that loop. And they create a prototype called Instabrace to help them break away from the loop.

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COUNTING ON

RCA Co-creation Workshop

This is a co-creation project by Zekun and sailor Peng. Through limited emails and sketch sessions, Zekun worked with a sailor who is constantly trying to kill time on his 8-month sailing trips. Zekun found his perception of time opposite to the norm of trying to make more time in the city life. Together they made a device that can count down from 8-month to 0 or from 0 to 8-month - an attempt to count on each precious day.

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LIGHTEN

2D & 3D Design

"Lighten" is a lamp with a supporting APP that can help people build an environment they love with custom lighting and projections. It can be used to create a joyful environment as a break from work, or be used to project post-it notes to be more efficient at work.

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SWING SPIN-BIKE

Product Design Project

Swing is a commercial spin-bike that provides users with an immersive experience. Making this spin-bike capable to swing from left to right enable users to preform more movements on it. Adding a gaming system based on these movements makes the whole exercise experience more immersive and attractive. When spinning, different movements will be projected on the screen in the front of the room, and scores are being tracked while users perform movements accordingly.

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THE CHAIN

Affirming Artifacts

Designed by Zekun Yang, the Chain aims to provide people with a platform to make and maintain relationships online. This app can provide specially designed, one-to-one virtual activities to help users enhance their friendship. Because of the lack of interaction, relationships created online is not as strong as relationships created in person. And a relationship is also tough to maintain using existing social apps. “My relationships with people are maintained mostly through in-person activities; the social app is just an additional part of a relationship. But what about the times when we can not have in-person activities, like right now?” said Zekun.

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LIVING PIXELS

Arduino Making Project

We like to endow smart products with human names, but we rarely treat them with dignity as living beings. What if they do have personalities that are ignored by us.

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THE BACKSTREET

Typography and Brand Identity

The backstreet is a night food market that opens at the back street of Nottingham University, Ningbo. The booths here don’t have any license and a food market is not allowed by the university. That why this market can only start at around midnight. It’s the guilty pleasure of all university students. Thousands of students come here to find their favorite comfort food after cramming for exams.

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TUTU PESTLE

Product Design Project

What will happen when a product is designed by letting its form takes control of function? A pestle called Tutu was designed in this project, starting from an abstract composition that contains three volumes, one plane, and one line.